Mary J. Blige’s My Life, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Going On, Maxwell’s Urban Hang Suite and Aretha Franklin’s Lady Soul.

There are a host of classic R&B albums over the last several decades that have been absorbed into the consciousness of music fans everywhere. Across the broad spectrum of rhythm & blues, classic soul, funk, urban contemporary and neo-soul, some of the strongest artistic statements in the history of popular music have been recorded, released and dissected for generations.

But there are several brilliant R&B albums that have fallen by the wayside of pop culture.

So in the spirit of spreading the gospel of good music, here are the twenty most underrated R&B albums of all time…

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Todd "Stereo" Williams is an entertainment writer based in New York City. Over the past twelve years, he's interviewed celebrities and pundits in New York, Atlanta and Los Angeles. In 2009, he co-founded Thirty 2 Oh 1 Productions, an indie film company which has produced projects such as the short film "Exubia" and the documentary "Beautiful Skin"

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